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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

buck′et shop`(n.)

  1. Informal. an overly aggressive brokerage house, esp. one that sells low-priced, highly speculative stocks by telephone.

    Category: Business

Origin of bucket shop:

1870–75, Amer.; orig. a cheap drinking establishment

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bucket shop(noun)

    an unethical or overly aggressive brokerage firm

  2. bucket shop(noun)

    (formerly) a cheap saloon selling liquor by the bucket


  1. bucket shop(Noun)

    A stockbroking firm which takes small orders from clients and takes them on its own account rather than actually transmitting them to the market. Prevalent in the US 1870s to 1920s; often setup as shop-fronts in the 1920s.

  2. bucket shop(Noun)

    A stockbroking firm which sells stock to clients when it has an undisclosed relationship with that company or its owners.

  3. bucket shop(Noun)

    a travel agency selling discounted airfares, usually in defiance of existing minimum fare arrangements. Now usually refers to any small cheap agency.

  4. bucket shop(Noun)

    a legal services firm selling heavily discounted legal services and documents made in large volume from boilerplate text and clauses, sometimes as a white labelled loss leader

  5. Origin: bucket + shop

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bucket shop

    an office or a place where facilities are given for betting small sums on current prices of stocks, petroleum, etc


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